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Julie Reifer-Jones, LIAT's first female CEO, recently announced her resignation from the cash-strapped regional airline. (Photo: Searchlight)

First female CEO of LIAT resigns

Julie Reifer-Jones, LIAT's first female CEO, recently announced her resignation from the cash-strapped regional airline. (Photo: Searchlight)

Chief Executive Officer of LIAT Julie Reifer-Jones has resigned, according to a letter she allegedly sent to employees of the cash-strapped regional carrier.

In fact, an Antigua Observer article reports that Reifer-Jones had tendered her resignation earlier, but in the letter she told employees that both shareholders and the board of directors had asked her to stay on.

LIAT aeroplanes remain grounded at a regional airport.

However, with LIAT facing increasing financial demands, it became imperative for the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court to appoint an administrator, charged with reorganising the airline.

This series of events led to Reifer-Jones stepping down from her role and, as a result, revealing that on July 25 the court appointed Cleveland Seaforth as administrator.

Originally from Barbados, Reifer-Jones became LIAT’s chief financial officer in 2008 and subsequently CEO in 2017, the first woman to hold that position.